On this date 68 years ago, Jackie Robinson forever changed baseball and society when he broke the color barrier by making his Major League debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers on Opening Day of the 1947 season. Today is Jackie Robinson Day, an occasion when we pay tribute to one of the great heroes of our national pastime.
Originally posted on Dodger Insider:
By Jon Weisman
In 2007, I wrote the following piece for SI.com on what it was like for Jackie Robinson on April 15, 1947.
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For most of us who didn’t live through Jackie Robinson’s first day in the major leagues, black and white images have embedded it in our memories. A stark snapshot of Robinson in his Brooklyn Dodgers cap, or frames of newsreel footage showing him running the bases.
According to Jonathan Eig’s new book, Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season, when Robinson awoke early that day at Manhattan’s McAlpin Hotel, the sight before him, his wife, Rachel, and five-month-old son, Jack, Jr., was vivid and suggested anything but the historic day that was upon him.
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The Cleveland Indians’ front-office blog has a cool wrapup of the first weekend at Progressive Field…
Originally posted on TribeVibe:
The Right Field District and The Corner were hopping all weekend as the pictures above suggest.
Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions from the weekend:
Why were there no District Tickets available for Saturday and Sunday’s games?
There is a finite amount of $13 District Tickets presented by SportsTime Ohio available for each game, and given the incredible value the ticket offers, they’ll go quickly. They sold out before Saturday and Sunday’s games.
District Tickets are available online only; we recommend getting them for future games as far in advance as possible so you’re not shut out! They’re available at Indians.com/District Ticket.
Do you have to have a District Ticket to go to The Corner?
Nope: The Corner is open to everyone, subject to capacity restrictions.
Does the District Ticket guarantee you a spot in the bar?
Nope: When you purchase a District Ticket, you get…
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All the firsts from Opening Night are here in the MLB.com Openers blog. Join me all day and night on Opening Day as we keep it going through all the home openers. – Mark
Originally posted on Openers:
This is MLB.com’s #OpeningNight liveblog, recording all the important firsts. Follow Cardinals-Cubs on ESPN, with your MLB.com At Bat app and via MLB.com Gameday.
First passed ball: Martinez’s mixup fastball gets through Molina’s legs in the seventh. Good chance that won’t happen again in 2015.
First rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”: Joey and Jerry, who threw out the first pitch, lead the crowd at Wrigley from the booth:
First quality start. Wainwright went 6 scoreless innings, allowing five hits, striking out six and walking none. He threw 101 pitches, 60 for strikes. Carlos Martinez is the Cards’ first reliever of the year.
First person to 100 pitches. Wainwright, on second pitch to Chris Coughlan in the sixth. He gets out of the inning a pitch later when Coughlan hits a fly to Heyward that would have been adios on a typical summer day. Still 3-0.
First Web gem:…
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Make sure you are following our Openers blog. That’s where it’s at…maintaining it around the clock through the final openers. The only place to find all 16 announced Opening Day starters, the OD ceremony plans, injury updates, roster decisions, videos, pic quotes and more…all in one cool place. Follow it to get the posts in your inbox…
Join me on our official MLB.com Opening Day blog, where we’re posting around the clock with all the news and special touches to get us through the final home openers in early April. Please spread the word! – Mark
Originally posted on Openers:
Seattle’s eight consecutive Opening Day wins represent the longest streak in the Majors since the Reds won nine in a row from 1983-91. Not coincidentally, Felix Hernandez has started seven of those games and is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA. King Felix will try to extend that streak against the Angels on April 6 at Safeco Field.
Opening Day is right around there’s a blog for that. Introducing OPENERS, which we just launched this week. We’ll be counting down the days and posting around the clock through the final home openers. It’s the only place to find all of the announced Opening Day starting pitchers (we add each time there’s a new one), it’s a repository for injury updates, it’s where you’ll find classic Opening Day quotes, what’s new in 2015 ballpark concession fare, video team previews, and tons of content from the only network of 30 traveling beat writers, our MLB.com columnists, MLB Network talent, great photographers and much more. It is integrated with our social team featuring tweets, and you’ll want to include #OpeningDay on your social posts. Please give it a follow in the widget on the right side of the blog, and leave comments here so we can highlight your own content along the way as well. Opening Day…almost here.
Former longtime Major League pitcher and current MLB Network analyst Jim Kaat shares his thoughts on Spring Training and discusses some new technology that will be featured in broadcasts this season.
Originally posted on Kaat's Korner:
I have been thinking of many titles for this post.
“Putting today’s technology in perspective.”
“Baseball is still more art than science.”
As an analyst, I want to be able to explain to the viewer what the new technology we’re using means on a particular play and I have about eight seconds to do it before the next pitch. Quite a challenge.
As fans, you will soon be exposed to Statcast. MLB has invested a lot of money in it. Without trying to make it too complicated, I will give you one example. A center fielder runs down a fly ball in the gap and makes a spectacular catch. Statcast says he ran 35 feet in x.x seconds to make the play. What I need as an analyst to put this in perspective for you is how much ground does the average center fielder cover in the same amount…
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Brandon and Brandon features a guest post from yet another Brandon in Giants camp: infielder Brandon Hicks.
Originally posted on Brandon and Brandon:
Just like old times. Guest blogging again.
It’s great to be back with all the guys. There’s still sort a Brandon row in the clubhouse — we’re within a couple lockers of each other but not adjoining like in SF. (I am happy to report we have not revived the Brandon handshake. It was not the greatest handshake, as the other Brandons will tell you. In fact, it kind of gives you an uncomfortable feeling when you do it.)
To refresh your memory, I was sent to Triple A in mid-July. I watched the World Series from my home in Galveston, Texas, with my girlfriend and a buddy of mine. We parked ourselves in front of the TV every evening.
I admit it was a little difficult at times. I wished I could have been there and been a part of it. But of course you’re rooting for the guys…
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John Thorn, Official Historian of Major League Baseball, currently is doing a series of posts in his excellent Our Game blog on baseball’s greatest photographs. See which images made his Top 10 and follow along as he continues the reveal.
Originally posted on Our Game:
What are baseball’s greatest photographs? That question came up on Twitter over the weekend. Some fellow tweeps offered World Series highlights, others offered sterling Sandy Koufax moments, or inspiring Jackie Robinson shots. It all boils down to criteria, I countered. Do you mean a great moment captured by the camera? An evocative portrait? A sweeping landscape? A favorite ballplayer or ballpark? A favorite photographer? For me, any of these groupings is sensible–and large enough that to select a top ten would be tough. But I promised to offer my thoughts here at Our Game, where the 140-character limit holds no sway.
In a way, I have tackled this question previously through subsets, most recently “Lost Ballparks” (http://ourgame.mlblogs.com/2014/09/03/picture-portfolio-no-7-lost-ballparks/). I devoted separate 15-picture portfolios to Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth, and Jackie Robinson; another to the game in the 1880s; and yet another to women in baseball (http://ourgame.mlblogs.com/2014/03/28/picture-portfolio-no-3-women-in-baseball/). At the site I created to accompany publication of
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